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The Last Frontier

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Skiers take a moment to view the big horn sheep against the back drop of Lake Fork Peak

Skiers take a moment to view the big horn sheep against the back drop of Lake Fork Peak

The Taos Ski Valley has recently come under new ownership and plans for expansion are under way.  Something of a right of passage, access to 12,481 ft. Kachina Peak has long required an approximately 45 minute hike climbing 660 vertical ft. from the highest chair.

Big Horn Sheep

By as early as next season the ski valley is taking the steps to build a 5 minute lift to this coveted drop off.  Locals and visitors alike are scrambling to make the trek before lift access invades the serenity of the remote peak access, the 360 degree expansive views, the herds of Rocky Mountain Big Horn Sheep that feed just over the ridge line, and the sense of accomplishment in making the journey to the top of Taos’ in bounds terrain.  Though not quite the last frontier, Taos has long held onto many traditions and ideals.   The Taos Ski Valley was skier only holding off on snowboarding until just a few years ago.  It has been family owned for three generations making the transition this year, and with that transition various expansion projects including the Kachina lift are on the table and on their way.

Skiing the Southwest

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Slope and Sun Glare

Kachina Peak

The southwest has a reputation for hot dry climates. Many of my friends from out east think I live in a hot desert and are surprised to hear that I live at more than 7,000 ft. in the high desert mesa and regularly take advantage of our world class skiing. Just south of Colorado, the Rockies make their way into Northern New Mexico. Taos Ski Valley, tucked into the Carson National Forest in the Sangre De Cristos Mountain Range, boasts some of the steepest terrain per square acre of any ski mountain just about anywhere.

 

Visit Taos Ski Valley:  skitaos.org